Stercorarius Posted February 22, 2016 Report Share Posted February 22, 2016 So guys I never introduced myself properly. I'm an eighteen-year-old guy, senior in high school, still living at my parent’s home. I’m from central/eastern Washington. No, I'm not talking about D.C. I'm talking about the state. I know many of you think Washington is rainy all the time and made out of Starbucks stores. That is true for the west side of the cascade mountains. The east and west are polar opposites in both climate and political views. I live in the basin which is technically a desert (less than 10" of rain annually). We got cold winters and climb above 100 regularly in the summer without seeing any rain between May and September. I come from a construction background. I grew up around and with tools. Since I could walk I spent time “helping” my dad at work. I have done a lot of little jobs here and there while growing up. I didn’t really start buying tools until I bought a project vehicle when I was fifteen. What was going to be a leaky radiator replacement quickly spiraled out of control and became a complete rebuild of the whole truck. It has given me some experience in the automotive field and working with hand tools. When I tore it down I had next to no tools. I used a concrete stake hammered through the oil filter to take it off. My first real tool purchase was a proto torque wrench, which led to another torque wrench, which led to my addiction. I currently have grown a collection that exceeds most. About two and a half years ago I got a job with an agriculture company. It has given me experience in many fields (both uses of the word) and requires me to adapt quickly to new trades. I do some electrical, plumbing, construction, concrete, remodeling, animal husbandry, fabrication, welding, equipment repair, facility maintenance, operate heavy construction equipment, drive semi’s, and sometimes some tractor work in the summers. It is good work and allows me to put my tools to the test in extreme environments (e.g. cow shit, snow, rain, dust). I always enjoy seeing other people’s tools and hearing their thoughts on them. That is what led me to the T.I.A. forum. It makes me glad to see I’m not the only addict around. I’m in the process of cleaning and organizing my tools so I figure I would share some pictures and short thoughts on each one. I will be going through and posting a section a day, starting today, until I have gone through my complete collection. Day one will be the largest as I have a lot of time today. I look forward to your feedback. If anybody else wants to start another thread for their collection I would love to read it. Day One: The Junk In My Trunk So I’m going to start off this series with a walkthrough of some of my more expensive units. ToughSytem Tower ToughSystem Radio Price: $200 This is one sweet radio. I look forward to the guys’ video on it. It costs the same as other competitors and the sound is by far the best I’ve experienced. I’d take it over any other day in and day out. I’ve had it side by side with the Milwaukee 2792 and it is substantially clearer. Don’t get me wrong, that Milwaukee is a fabulous radio but the DeWalt is just something special. It can handle dust and water. Some things I’d like to point out are the fact that the battery is completely enclosed. And the cord is removable. It does have some issues though. The clock doesn’t work and never will. The storage compartment has a usb port to charge your device but it doesn’t fit your phone if you have a big guy or a bulky case. The compartment is difficult to get open most of the time and it is next to impossible to get the power cord to fit into it. It takes a while to get it to turn on and off. The Milwaukee was too easy to turn on, one tap and sound is coming out. This one is too hard to turn on. You have to press firmly for a good 3 seconds to get toggle it and it takes a while to boot up. This will explain what I mean better. https://youtu.be/PbKNepvbwAo ToughSystem Boxes: Price: Around $50 for DS150 (small guy) and $55 for DS300 (big fella) My man George Frontino did a pretty good write up on these here and some guys you’ve probably heard of did their take on them here so all I’m going to say on these is that if you want a small parts organizer just go with the Milwaukee it is a lot cheaper and the Dewalt bins are kinda lightweight. The DS150 was bought for a separate battery project that I haven’t gotten around to finishing and it has become my M12 storage. The larger one has become my DeWalt powertool box. I am looking into the ridged boxes as an alternative because these are pricey. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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